INFRAcom! IC1341: 18th June 2007
1. People Hold On (Original / Tobias Kremer Bigband Version / Metropolitan Jazz Affair Remix)
“Everybody’s looking for a meaning, everybody’s doing their own thing, and nobody’s solving the problem, ain’t nobody helping each other”
2. Gabrielle (Feat. Alice Russell)
“Dancing soon became a way to communicate, feel the music deep in your soul”
Coldcut and Lisa Stansfield‘s classic 1988 song ‘People Hold On’ was a Jazz/Gospel tune packaged as a Dance number. Now nearly twenty years later Germany’s [Re:Jazz] have peeled back those electronic layers and remade ‘People Hold On’ as a traditional Jazz affair. The ‘Original’ version is a minimal but powerful production featuring little else but Tabla Drums, Piano and Inga Lühnig’s rich vocals. It reaches deep into the soul of the lyrics and brings out something magical.
Tobias Kremer’s version is a little too Lounge-Jazz/Swing for my tastes (You kind of expect a voice to come in saying “Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to the Copacabana!”) but it’s interesting to hear the track remade as a full-on Vegas number and the Piano solo is to die for. Bruno Hovart‘s ‘Metropolitan Jazz Affair Remix’ layers on some skittering drums, Funky Bass and a gorgeous Saxophone solo for a Miles Davis vibe.
As a bonus on the EP the ever wonderful Alice Russell adds guest vocals to a cover of Roy Davis Jr‘s ‘Gabriel’ (Renamed ‘Gabrielle’). It contrasts fast tribal drumming with slow sultry vocals to create an entrancing House/Not-House tune. This is a fascinating and captivating EP of different textures and styles and well worth your money.